FIA World Endurance Championship
The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is the leading international series for Sportscar racing. The series features multiple classes of cars competing in endurance races with sports prototypes competing in the Le Mans Prototype categories and production-based grand tourers competing in the LM GTE categories. FIA WEC endurance races last a minimum of 6 hours, with the longest and most prestigious race during the season being the 24 Hours of Le Mans. World champion titles are awarded to the top-scoring manufacturers and drivers over the season.
SEASON 9 : 2021
Season 9 will see the brand new Hypercar replace the top tier LMP1 category, as well as a refreshed calendar of six races in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It should be understood that this calendar is subject to further change according to the evolution of the current health crisis, or contingent to the calendars of other FIA World Championships.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans – the cornerstone of the FIA WEC – will this year take place in August. The calendar also features popular and iconic tracks such as Spa, Portimão, Fuji and Bahrain. These well-established WEC venues will be complemented in 2021 by the addition of the Italian temple of speed, Autodromo Nationale Monza, which will play host to a round of the world championship in mid-July.
The WEC continues to offer teams, drivers, partners and stakeholders a unique stage to compete at some of the world’s best race circuits. It also helps offer manufacturers a real-world relevance to advances in road car design and crossover technology, performance and safety. The comprehensive regulations allow for complex and awe-inspiring sports prototypes, some featuring the latest in hybrid technology, independent chassis and engines suppliers to compete at the highest levels. Furthermore, it allows for some of the world’s top luxury car marques to go head-to-head in the ever-competitive GT categories.
In the end, only the world’s best endurance racers who have proved to be top of their game throughout the season will be worthy of being crowned at the season-closer in Bahrain. Drivers must prove their skill throughout the season, from the shortest race at 6 hours to the longest at 24 hours.